Get ready, Marvel fans: WandaVision is finally landing on Disney Plus this weekend and according to all sources, it’s about to burst the universe wide open.
The streaming show is unlike anything that the juggernaut franchise has attempted before as an intriguing parody of classic American sitcoms with a distinctive sci-fi twist.
Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda Maximoff and her android partner Vision are seen to be living a happily married life in an idyllic suburban neighbourhood – but all is not as it seems.
While the first three episodes reportedly play out much like a standard sitcom, things will escalate as the show moves along, with director Matt Shakman promising Total Film that it will include “some of the biggest set pieces [Marvel] have ever done.”
That’s no small claim given the huge scope of the recent Avengers movies, but that’s not all: we also know that WandaVision will lead directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a fact recently confirmed by star Elizabeth Olsen.
“There’s never much we can talk about in Marvel, but I do think WandaVision is a natural progression into what happens in Doctor Strange 2,” she told Good Morning America.
“I think Kevin Feige is doing a really amazing job intertwining the television format with the films so that we can tell more interesting stories moving forward.”
And if that still hasn’t sparked your interest, co-star Paul Bettany has also revealed to YouTube channel Black Girl Nerds that WandaVision has a top secret character that will be a “surprise for everybody.” Keep those guesses coming.
The series is to kick off an exciting slate of Marvel TV series on Disney+, all of which will be connected in some way to upcoming movies in the juggernaut franchise.
Here’s everything you need to know about WandaVision on Disney+, including release date, episode count, cast and much more.
WandaVision release date
CONFIRMED: WandaVision premiered on Friday 15th January on Disney Plus.
Notably, this is was slightly later than some fans might have expected, as the series was originally said to be arriving on the streaming service in late 2020.
The series also launched on Disney+ with a double episode, with the remaining instalments presumably being released on a weekly basis from then on.
In total, there will be nine episodes of the series which will be released weekly, suggesting a season finale sometime around Friday 5th March – conveniently, just two weeks before the premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Episodes will began around the half-hour mark, but will get fluctuate to longer lengths as the show progresses.
Filming was largely completed by March, just prior to the pandemic spiralling out of control, meaning the crew have been able to focus on post-production in the months that have followed.
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WandaVision age rating
WandaVision is actually more age-appropriate than any Marvel release to date – while the movies are usually rated PG-13 in America, WandaVision has been dubbed TV-PG – in other words, more suitable for younger viewers.
This may be because, in the earlier episodes at least, there’s no sign of the usual superhero bust-ups or violence – though the series can be a bit creepy, which could be too much for younger kids.
Properly showing off the dreamlike TV-sitcom premise of the series and the strange and warped reality Wanda and Vision appear to be trapped in, the full teaser is a seriously mind-melting look at Marvel’s first Disney+ series.
And later, in December 2020, a second trailer was released – once more showcasing the Golden Age sitcom style of the new series.
In January 2021, Marvel Studios dropped a new TV spot promoting the imminent premiere of WandaVision, which spotlights the original music created for the series by Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
The lyrics humorously recite the faux premise for the fantasy series: “A newly-wed couple, just moved to town, a regular husband and wife.” Of course, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Check out the musical teaser below.
As you’d probably expect, Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her role as Wanda Maximoff, the superhero known as Scarlet Witch because a) she wears a lot of red, and b) she has witch-like powers that can manipulate minds and matter.
Paul Bettany is also returning as Vision – although it’s not exactly clear how. The android died during the events of Avengers: Infinity War before Thanos’ snap, and he wasn’t brought back to life in sequel Endgame.
One character in the latest trailer also references Vision’s previous death, so his apparent resurrection is a mystery – though based on the released footage in general, there’s all sorts of bizarre, magical goings-on in this series.
Teyonah Parris has also been confirmed to star. The Dear White People and Empire actress will play an adult version of Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maria (Lashana Lynch) from Captain Marvel. Interestingly, in the comics, Rambeau becomes the second Captain Marvel and even the leader of the Avengers for a time. Could Carol Danvers have some competition?
And finally, at D23 it was revealed that two more Marvel Cinematic Universe stars will be making a return – Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Randall Park, aka Agent Jimmy Woo, and (bizarrely) Kat Dennings, who played Jane Foster’s assistant Darcy Lewis in the first two Thor movies.
Is Evan Peters in WandaVision?
Here’s an interesting one – according to rumour, X-Men movie star Evan Peters could be starring in WandaVision in a mysterious role.
The reason it’s so interesting? His super-fast character Quicksilver is actually Scarlet Witch’s brother in the comics – but the Marvel movies already introduced a different Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The reasons behind this are simple – unusually, because of their status in the comics (where they were members of both the X-Men and the Avengers) Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were owned separately by Marvel Studios (via Disney) and 20th Century Fox, meaning both the Marvel and X-Men film universes could have different versions of the characters.
Now, though, Disney owns the Fox stable of X-Men characters too – so could the reality-warping antics of WandaVision be the way they sneak the (very popular) Evan Peters version of Quicksilver into the main MCU? We’re not ruling it out.
Was WandaVision affected by the coronavirus?
Originally it seemed that WandaVision had largely dodged the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down a number of other Disney+ productions and delayed others, given that filming had wrapped in March.
However, in July Disney apparently carried out more filming for the series, suggesting that some planned pick-up shots or reshoots were delayed. It also seems likely that the extensive postproduction needed for a series of this scale would also have been slowed down by production staff needing to work from home.
What is the plot of WandaVision? When is it set?
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We’ll level with you now: we don’t know an awful lot at this stage. Although Marvel has announced that the series will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, not a lot of other details have been given. And it doesn’t help that the clips and posters shown so far suggest the series will take place in strange environments that closely resemble classic sitcoms, suggesting Wanda’s reality-warping powers will be in play.
Based on a concept art poster revealed at D23 (above) many have theorised that the series could follow Wanda as she creates a 50s-like sitcom world to live in where Vision is still alive, with newcomers Monica, Darcy and Agent Woo filling other parts in the “show” as it continues.
Keeping with the sitcom theme, it has been revealed that the first episode of WandaVision was filmed in front of a live studio audience, with Olsen and Bettany admitting they had nerves before going on stage.
It has also been teased that Wanda and Vision could have children in the new series, which points toward the introduction of their twin sons: Wiccan and Speed.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige has also told fans that WandaVision will link into the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, the Multiverse of Madness, set for a March 2022 release.
And Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo appear to have suggested that the new series could pick up the thread of what happened to Vision’s android body, which was last seen in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War but did not appear in the sequel.
“That’s a good question – feels like a story for another time,” Joe Russo teased in a Wired video interview.
Perhaps, then, the series will kick off with Wanda tracking down her deceased lover’s old body, which would definitely be of interest to nefarious parties due to the advanced technology within.
WandaVision begins streaming on Friday 15th January on Disney+, and releases new episodes on subsequent Fridays. You can sign up to Disney Plus for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year.
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